The Race That Changed Olympic Swimming | Strangest Moments


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The Race That Changed Olympic Swimming | Strangest Moments



The very close medal race between Australia’s John Devitt and Team USA’s Lance Larson inspired real change in the sport of Swimming. The 100m freestyle swimming gold medal at Rome 1960 was decided by judges in one of the most controversial wins in Olympic Games history.

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  1. It is completely absurd to think that all 3 stopwatches would have had the same time, except if they were imprecise analogue watches, and they "rounded" to the same 1/100th. Anyone who has every timed at their kids meet will know that the only time both timers in a lane will agree exactly to the 1/100th is if one of them had a bad time and just wants to fake a time. I've times in lanes with someone whose reaction times were very consistent, so that each time there was a consistent <10th of a second difference, but even then it's less than 1-in-50 times when both watches exactly agree.

  2. I difetti di pronuncia della speaker sono imbarazzanti… 'DeviSH' (which is awkwardly called right twice at 3:13), 'Olympic commiSHEE', 'nineteen-sixty-eiSH', '40 years laSHer'… OMG, I can't go on: I must stop here, it's too disturbing -_-

  3. From what I can see, the stroke technique hasn't changed much at all. Which is surprising because on paper this was before the invention of the "S stroke" and the further refinements of the 1990s.

  4. As my dad and coaches always said, the referees (for NRL) or officials are always correct because of what they saw. I know there is some differences in the times, it’s up to the officials.

  5. Not as stupid as IAAF judges in the Men's 50 kilometres walk during the 1991 World Championship when USSR athlets Aleksandr Potashov and Andrey Perlov crossed the line together shoulder to shoulder and judges decide to declare Potashov as gold medalist and Perlov as silver medalist instead of as ex-aequo gold medalist

  6. the Olympics have always been… corrupt. It is good that they are using electronic timers that can't be bought by politics. Those sports that are still judged by people are still shaded by corruption and partiality.

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